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‘Queer’ Asia is a network of queer identifying scholars, academics, activists, artists and performers. It is a platform for inter-Asia collaboration, dialogue and research on issues affecting people who self-identify as LGBTQ+ or belong to other non-normative sexualities and gender identities in Asia, or Asian diasporas and beyond.

With two queerly packed conferences in June 2016 and June 2017 ‘Queer’ Asia is all set to bring out the third instalment of QA titled ‘Bodies X Borders’. This edition of the ‘Queer’ Asia conference brings together academics, activists, policy makers, donors and artists to talk about contemporary challenges facing LGBTI people in Asia and the diaspora. The theme of the conference this year is ‘Bodies X Borders.’

The Conference will be held from 26-28 June at SOAS, Uni. of London with some partner events at UCL

Check out the full schedule here | Join the event on Facebook here.

Following the success of our film festival last year, we are back with the second edition of the ‘Queer’ Asia Film Festival to be held over five days at the British Museum and SOAS, University of London. Following the theme of this year, the festival evokes frames of visualising queer bodies transgressing (norms, nations, identities) in a fast changing global world. We will show case 30 films including the first ever ‘Queer’ Asia Short Shorts, a collection of 22 short films from countries including China, India, Myanmar, Thailand, and Lebanon.

The Film Festival will be held on 24 and 29 June at British Museum with screenings on 25, 27 & 28 June at SOAS, Uni. of London and Uni. of Warwick. 

Check out the full schedule here | Join the event on Facebook here.

We are also looking for volunteers to help us with social media, logistics and photography at the conference. Please click here for more details. 

Our crowdfunding campaign is still on. You can donate here!

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Social Media:  fb.com/queerasia @TheQueerAsia

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Email:  queerasia@gmail.com

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About Us

‘Queer’ Asia is a collective of early career researchers, doctoral researchers, and activists. We are currently housed at SOAS, University of London. Our work to create a global platform for queer activists, artists, and academics is done in an entirely voluntary capacity. We strive to build a global platform from which to challenge dominant ideas, forms, and representations of gender and sexuality. As part of our labour of love we encourage our participants, readers, viewers, and collaborators to share, showcase, promote, and inspire a plethora of voices from Asia and its vast diasporas. Be the movement for a queerer Asia!

Reach out to us at queerasia@gmail.com with solidarity, suggestions, inspirations, or love!

Tweet at us @TheQueerAsia or follow us on Facebook @QueerAsia

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QA Blogs

‘Queer’ Asia blogs present perspectives on LGBTQ+ issues in Asia. Our contributors include artists, activists and academics working on LGBTQ+ issues in Asia or Asian diasporas. If you wish to contribute to our blog, please write to us at queerasia@gmail.com.

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Reflections (1) – Silence That Breaks the Boundary: Voicelessness as a Queer Asian Art Expression

Reflections (2) – Kazakhstan, Central Asia

Reflections (3) – Feelings for knowledge: Reflecting on bodies, borders, and bacteria at Queer Asia 2018

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Overview of the ‘Queer’ Asia 2018 Art Exhibition (original on Study at SOAS Blogs) – by Rhea Tuli, Curator

Exploring South Asian Gender and History through Experimental Fashion Design: Interview with Manimekala Fuller

Calling Attention to South Korean LGBTQ+ Human Rights Issues through Multimedia Art: Interview with Showna Kim

Exploring Queer Asia: Bodes X Borders (original on Cuntemporary) – by Rhea Tuli, Curator

LGBT Censorship in Art Institutions: Interview with Ryudai Takano

Sexuality, Violence, and Beauty in Art: Interview with Alqumit Alhamad

Underwear as a Window to Gay Life: Interview with Heezy Yang

Collaging Narratives: Interview with Jay Cabalu

 

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Information regarding the upcoming ‘Queer’ Asia 2018 events at SOAS, UCL, and the British Museum

 

 

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 QA Blog Series: What is ‘Queer’ in South Korea? Explorations of art, identity, and ‘queerness’

Reflections on an exhibition of queer art in Korea – Camille Sung 

Performing Art in South Korea – Sungjae Lee 

Queer art from Korea (Seoul): A List of My Own, 2017 – Yeonsook LEE / 리타 (Rita)

 

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Event Report: Queer Korean Trans and Diaspora Identity

‘Queer’ Asia and SOAS North Korea Society got together to organise a seminar on “Queer Korean Trans and Diaspora Identity” at SOAS, University of London on 1st Dec, 2017.

 

 

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QA Blog Series: Resistance and Subversion 

Queer Movement in Lebanon – Ismail Shogo

Queer Movement in Kazakhstan – Amir Shaikezhanov

 Queer Movement in Singapore – Cassandra Thng

 Concluding remarks on a comparative outlook of queer movements in Singapore, Kazakhstan, and Lebanon – Ismail Shogo 

 

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Overview of LGBTQ activism in South Korea by Heezy Kim Yang

“Even though South Korea has become a culturally very influential Asian country, non-native South Koreans outside South Korea are often only able to access limited bits of the country’s culture due to the language barrier and South Korea’s unfamiliarity with foreigners.”

 

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Being Queer in North Korea – Shyun J. Ahn 

Waiting for the Worst – Diego García Rodríguez

Dishes and Desire in DC – Ping H. Wang 

Versions of Violence Against Trans People in China – Ausma Bernotaite

The Colonial Choreography of Queer Value – Sara Shroff

 

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What do queers want? QA17 Summary by Allan C. Simpson

A summary write up of the ‘Queer’ Asia 2017 Conference by Allan C. Simpson, Co-founder and Committee member of ‘Queer’ Asia

 

 

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Trans rights: Legal gender recognition in Asia and the Pacific by Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN)

“Trans people are among the most vulnerable populations throughout Asia and the Pacific and face significant barriers in exercising their human rights, including their right to health.”

 

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QA17 – IAPS, University of Nottingham Blog Series 

Queer Politics and Tibet: Past, Present and the Future – Seagh Kehoe and Chelsea E. Hall

Gay and Indian in Malaysia? Forget it – R. Jeyathurai

Acrush: A Case Study in Chinese Gender Neutrality – Jamie J. Zhao

Queer’ India: A Path to Sustained Progress? – Jennifer Ung Loh

 

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Awareness awaiting recognition: Intersex rights in Hong Kong – Geoffrey Yeung 

“Activists are still advocating for the right for intersex people not to be subject to genital surgeries without their consent. The gender binary remains entrenched in the law and on identity cards.”

 

indonesia caningFar left behind: the situation of LGBTI rights in Indonesia – Yasmin Purba

“Although there is no law criminalising homosexuality or same-sex conduct at the national level, except in Aceh province, there are at least 15 discriminatory policies against LGBTI people in Indonesia.”

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